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Tennis Melvin Maynard has officially been charged in the murder of Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum. Maynard has been charged with first-degree murder in Crum's death, and also faces an attempted first degree murder charge for the confrontation with a deputy after that. The investigation continues into the motive for the shooting.
The Charleston Civic Center this weekend is hosting the West Virginia Home Show. That means everything from countertops and flooring, to landscaping and pools will be featured. It's sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Greater Charleston, and the hours today are 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., then 10 to 9 Saturday and Noon to 5 Sunday.
Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies are still looking for the man who tried to rob the 7-11 Store in Hernshaw early Thursday morning. As the clerk opened the cash drawer to as part of the transaction, the man demanded all of the money. The clerk refused, and the man took off running west toward Len’s Creek Road. He may have jumped into a white or tan older model Buick car. He's described as a white male in his 30’s, with a scruffy beard and was wearing a hood at the time. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office and speak with Deputy B.L. Adams.
Around 3:15 this morning, a woman crashed her car into a church building in Rutledge. The woman died as a result, and the Freewill Baptist Church sustained some damage. More details are expected today.
Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies made a second arrest this week related to a Pinch home invasion. Detectives arrested 21-year old Casey Michael Givens of Elkview, related to home invasion robberies in Pinch from February 28th. Givens is the second person charged in that case. The co-defendant, Aaron Chapman, was charged last month. Givens was charged with first degree robbery, attempted first degree robbery, and two counts of nighttime burglary after turning himself at Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office headquarters early Wednesday morning.
The entire courthouse was evacuated Wednesday after Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum was shot outside the building. Sheriff Crum was shot just after noon, and died shortly after that. West Virginia State Police spokesman Michael Baylous told media outlets including ABC national news, that witnesses described a man walking up to the sheriff's vehicle and firing two shots inside as he ate lunch, then calmly walked to his tan Ford Ranger pickup and drove away. The suspect has been identified as 37-year old Tennis Melvin Maynard, and he was wounded in a shootout with police.
Someone tried to rob the Fas-Check grocery store on MacCorkle Avenue in Kanawha City Wednesday afternoon. There are reports that he demanded money but didn't get away with anything. Anyone with tips should call police.
Neighbors in the Dutch Road area of Mink Shoals reported hearing gunshots Tuesday morning, and others said their homes had been hit by projectiles. Other homeowners reported a man knocking on doors in the area. More Kanawha County sheriff's deputies were dispatched at that point, and saw 27-year old Aaron Shaffer walking toward them with a shotgun. He dropped the gun when deputies demanded it. He was arrested without incident, and charged with one count of Wanton Endangerment. Monday night Shaffer called 911 to report prowlers outside his home, but deputies didn't find any. They're also checking the house for explosives since it was barricaded.
As Sissonville mourns the loss of three people, the families are making funeral arrangements and fundraisers are expected to help. In fact, an off-road riding event is planned to honor MTV reality show star Shain Gandee, who died this week in an SUV accident. The bodies of Shain Gandee, his uncle, and friend were found Monday in a mud pit near his home. Gandee's cousin, Ashley Gandee Lewis, says the event is set for today in Proctorville, Ohio. She says those who want to be involved will meet at 4:30 p.m. at the Proctorville Kroger. The cost is $10 for riders and $5 for spectators. Gandee says she also is accepting donations at a general store she recently opened in Crown City, Ohio. Proceeds will go to pay for funeral costs.
The man killed in a Boone County fire has been identified as Jerry Dunlap. The fire broke out at the man's mobile home Monday night around 6pm, and he could not get out in time. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.